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10 Movies You Must See at the Glasgow Film Festival

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Our picks of the movies playing at this year's Glasgow Film Festival.

Running from February 24th to March 7th, this year's edition of the Glasgow Film Festival boasts six world premieres, two European premieres and 49 UK premieres. Thanks to COVID restrictions the fest sadly can't host any physical screenings but the good news is that the online screenings can be viewed from anywhere in the UK.

We've perused the lineup, which you can find here, and picked the 10 movies we're most excited to see.


Apples

Apples
Greece's Oscar entry comes courtesy of writer-director Christos Nikou. Drawing comparisons with the work of Charlie Kaufman, Apples is a surreal sci-fi satire set in a world where a pandemic has resulted in worldwide memory loss. The film focusses on one man assigned to invent new memories for those stricken.


Black Bear

Black Bear
Aubrey Plaza steps away from comedy for director Lawrence Michael Levine's dark relationship drama. Plaza plays a filmmaker who books a stay in a lakeside cabin, where she meets a couple (Sarah Gadon, Christopher Abbott). A friendly and flirtatious evening then takes a twisted turn.


Cowboys

Cowboys
Director Anna Kerrigan's frontier drama sees Steve Zahn play a wastrel father who makes for the Canadian border and a new life for his transgender son (Sasha Knight). Kerrigan's film plays out its nuanced human drama against a glorious natural backdrop.


First Cow

First Cow
With the acclaimed First Cow, writer/director Kelly Reichardt returns to the American frontier milieu she previously explored with 2010's Meek's Cutoff. Adapted from the novel 'The Half Life' by Jonathan Raymond, the film is set in the Oregon Territory of the 19th century and stars John Magaro as a cook who goes into business with a Chinese immigrant (Orion Lee) based around a prize milking cow. The late René Auberjonois appears in his final screen role.


Gagarine

Gagarine
French directors Fanny Liatard and Jérémy Trouilh filmed Gagarine around the real life demolition of a Parisian housing project named in honour of the Russian cosmonaut. Newcomer Alséni Bathily plays a space obsessed teen who fights to save his home, and the memory of Gagarin, from the wrecking ball.




Jumbo

Jumbo
Perhaps the most attention grabbing premise of Glasgow's crop of movies comes courtesy of writer/director Zoé Wittock's Jumbo. Portrait of a Lady on Fire's Noémie Merlant plays a young woman who conducts an unconventional romance with (checks notes...) a giant carnival ride. Reviews suggest the film transcends its potentially gimmicky setup to deliver a genuinely romantic fable.


Minari

Minari
One of the big festival hits on the US circuit last year was this immigration drama from writer/director Lee Isaac Chung. Set in the 1980s, Minari follows a Korean family who relocate to Arkansas, where they establish a farm. Rising star Steven Yeun (Burning) plays the young patriarch in a widely acclaimed turn.


Murmur

Murmur
One of the best movies we saw on the festival circuit last year was this intimate character study from first time director Heather Young. Shan McDonald is devastating and riveting as Donna, an alcoholic who fills her shabby home with an ever growing collection of abandoned animals.


Riders of Justice

Riders of Justice
Mads Mikkelsen follows up his knockout work in Another Round by reteaming with his Men & Chicken director Anders Thomas Jensen for this comic thriller. The great Dane plays a widower who forms a rag tag band of vigilantes and seeks justice when he learns his wife's death in a train wreck may have been part of a greater conspiracy.


the old ways

The Old Ways
Director Christopher Alender's horror movie stars Brigitte Kali Canales as a journalist who travels to her ancestral homeland of Mexico to look into rumours of witchcraft. Once there she is abducted by locals who seem is possessed and in need of an exorcism.